Using Omniscient Point of View

Confused about Omniscient Point of View? Check out Joan Hall’s post on Story Empire today. Some good info and interesting comments from readers, too. As always, please consider sharing with the Immediate World, so others can enjoy this one, as well. Thanks, and thanks to Joan for helping clarify an often misunderstood subject! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today.

One thing I enjoy about writing for Story Empire is that I also learn new things. Several weeks ago, when I wrote a post about changing literary styles, I quoted from a book in which the author apparently tried to write from an omniscient point of view. However, it was distracting and read more like head-hopping.

Reader Jessica Bakers commented that she had struggled to understand omniscient POV. She asked if there is truly is such a thing or a case of multiple points of view with head-hopping.

I didnโ€™t feel qualified to answer, but I decided to research the subject.

Staci and I were discussing this one day, and she summed it up nicely.

โ€œHead-hopping shows the scene from a character point of view and jumps from one to another. Omniscient is like God looking down and telling us everything, even thingsโ€ฆ

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5 thoughts on “Using Omniscient Point of View

    • I’m with you, Trish. Nobody likes to be confused, after all. I think Joan’s post did a great job of explaining Omniscient POV, so hope everyone will swing by to take a look. Glad you already did! ๐Ÿ˜€ And thanks for stopping by here, too. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Jessica pointed me towards Joan’s post and I commented on it today, Marcia. I just finished a book, by a well-known author, that had pages of head-hopping. It spoilt the book, which otherwise was a good read. ๐Ÿ™‚

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